Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: New Orleans metro area
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Hoping it doesn't become a trend
I saw the previous night's newscast where a reporter explained the new graphics, including their subject matter color scheme for the short vertical bars between story titles. About the only use I see for it is knowing when a story is coming that might include footage of you or someone you know if you happened to be present when the reporter was there and a camera was rolling.
Otherwise, it's just taking up even more real estate on the screen, including the now-mostly-useless area remaining to either side and below. It also covers up any graphics already embedded in footage from outside sources, like the brief identification of someone being interviewed.
Remember the uproar over the ever-present station and network logos--which to this day often hide critical items on the screen because the photographer or anchors in the studio don't know where the logo actually resides? I wonder how much they paid some consultant to fool them into thinking this was something good for viewers and/or revenue?